"Over the past few weeks, as a result of the Presidential election, the Corvallis Police Department has received several inquiries regarding our involvement in matters related to immigration/citizenship and enforcement. We would like to take this opportunity to inform the community about the Corvallis Police Departments policies and Oregon Law related to immigration:
• Immigration laws are federally enforced, and Oregon State law prohibits local agencies from enforcing the federal immigration statute. (Oregon Revised Statutes 181A.820). The Statute reads; “No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.” • The Corvallis Police Department does not ask about someone’s immigration status, and that status has no effect on our criminal investigation enforcement, prevention or service to persons in Corvallis. • The Corvallis Police Department does not participate, assist or facilitate in any way citizenship status checks for the purposes of federal immigration laws. • Corvallis Police Department policy prohibits any form of discrimination, to include discrimination based on a person’s citizenship status. • Corvallis Police, including all law enforcement, are required to fulfill Consular Notification if a person arrested on criminal charges is from a list of participating countries of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Upon arrest an officer may inquire if the suspect is from one of those listed countries and may be in need of assistance from their consulate. Most often these required notifications occur at a correctional facility. This is not for immigration enforcement but is intended to provide the individual resources they are entitled to by law. The Corvallis Police Department adheres to the City philosophy of inclusion within the community, and our policies and practices will continue to reflect that philosophy."